Rick O'Shea

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This article is about the radio personality. For the comic strip, see Rick O'Shay.
Rick O'Shea
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Rick O'Shea in January 2009
Paul Crossan

(1973-05-07) 7 May 1973 (age 46)
Alma materUCD
Known forDaytime Radio Show
WebsitePersonal weblog

Paul Crossan (born 7 May 1973, also known as Rick O'Shea) is an Irish radio personality. He was born in Drimnagh, Dublin 12, and attended Drimnagh Castle Secondary School and later UCD. He has been a presenter on RTÉ 2fm since 2001.[1][2] O'Shea has also presented The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 since January 2015.[3]


Before joining RTÉ 2fm in 2001, he had worked for East Coast Radio,[4] Atlantic 252, South East Radio and FM104.[5] O'Shea presented the weekday afternoon show on 2fm until 2015, when the show was moved to the weekend schedule.[6][7]

He began presenting The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 in January 2015.[8]

O'Shea was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 16.[9] and has been a patron of Epilepsy Ireland, formerly known as Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association, since 2006.[10] He represented the charity in an Irish celebrity version of the quiz show Mastermind in 2012, winning the competition.[11][12]

O' Shea also runs The Rick O'Shea Bookclub on Facebook, which has over 23,000 members as of January 2019.

Awards and nominations[edit]

O'Shea has been nominated for Best Irish Radio DJ at the Meteor Music Awards on three occasions, in 2002,[13] 2008[citation needed] and 2009.[14] O'Shea has also been nominated for three PPI National Radio Awards, winning a bronze award in 2011.[citation needed] In 2009 he was winner of Entertainment.ie's "Sexiest Radio Voice" award[citation needed] and was quoted as saying "This is the first thing I've ever won in 16 years of being a broadcaster. I am thus very excited and hideously embarrassed at the same time. Thanks."[This quote needs a citation]


  1. ^ Una Mullally (17 January 2013). "PopLives #29: Rick O'Shea". Irish Times.
  2. ^ Jonathan deBurca Butler (22 January 2015). "Rick O'Shea gets well-versed in poetry for new programme". Irish Examiner.
  3. ^ Rosita Boland (22 January 2015). "Rick O'Shea: an unversed choice for RTÉ's new poetry show". Irish Times.
  4. ^ "PAPER PROPHET Rick O'Shea". Irish Independent. 20 August 2006.
  5. ^ Melanie Finn (4 February 2009). "We're still friends says 2fm's Rick as he splits from wife". Herald.ie.
  6. ^ "Rick O'Shea's 2FM radio show is moving to the weekend". TheJournal.ie. 28 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Rick O'Shea moves to 2fm weekends with Cormac Battle". Hot Press. 28 August 2015.
  8. ^ Aoife Kelly (12 January 2015). "2FM DJ Rick O'Shea to present new Poetry Programme on RTE Radio 1". Irish Independent.
  9. ^ "DJ Rick O'Shea reveals his battle with epilepsy and says he won't be beaten by it". Irish Independent. 3 July 2012.
  10. ^ Hilary Fennell (10 August 2014). "This much I know: Rick O'Shea". Irish Examiner.
  11. ^ "O'Shea wins Celebrity Mastermind". Breakingnews.ie. 23 July 2012.
  12. ^ "How would you do in the Mastermind chair? Take the test". The Daily Edge. 23 July 2012.
  13. ^ "2FM DJs up for Meteor Awards". RTÉ. 1 March 2002.
  14. ^ "Meteor Music Awards nominees revealed". RTÉ. 29 January 2009.

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